- The Enlightenment restored the idea that the male body is an example of strength, vitality, and courage--all of which were expressed in posture.
- Locke and Rousseau both wrote that physical fitness is key to a moral posture.
- On the flip side, the emerging middle class made it important for the upper classes to look like they didn't have to work. This is where the "macaroni" in the United Kingdom came from.
What's the Deal With Women's Legs?
This was a period of time when the male form was celebrated, and shown off. However, women were often desired as ethereal virgins. Women had to hide their legs because being able to see any part of a woman's leg was a reminder her lady bits existed. This was too titillating for a man, who would be unable to control himself, so it was better a woman wore a long skirt.